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Alwin Cubasch

Christian, Vanessa and I have finished our work on our “Theory of Filtering” and uploaded it on CERN’s Zenodo Preprint Server. We’re looking forward to comments, replies, and ripostes. We’ve also created a Filtering-Community that’s managed by Christian where you can upload preprints too. Check out the Matters of Activity – Community as well. Kerstin has set up that one for all of us!

Abstract   http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4731045

Filters are at the very center of many current processes of our transformational age. But what common concepts underlie this multitude of filtering phenomena? We understand filtering as a scalable environing technique that differentiates and maintains symbolic and material environments alike. Because of its scalability, human as well as non-human actors can employ filtering techniques to engage their environs. Filtering is an activity that matters in a twofold way: It is a material process, but it is also a process of fundamental importance to its users, thus rendering it always a symbolic activity. Starting from this basic concept, we examine different properties of filtering techniques and propose a research program that examines cultural, molecular, and digital filtering techniques.

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